Public Cloud

Azure MFA hard token and multi-device support

Towards the end of 2018 Microsoft announced that Azure MFA (the cloud offering) would support both hard tokens and up to 5 devices per user. Some enterprises still like hard tokens, these can be especially useful to support break-glass account types, were you can store the token in a secure physical location. Supporting multiple tokens can help ensure the account doesn’t get locked if the token gets damaged, though it does put an emphasis on keeping the tokens secure.

Cut your Azure bills through rightsizing VMs

Rightsizing IaaS and PaaS on Microsoft Azure is one of the most important activities you can undertake when deploying your environment into Microsoft Azure and its something I’ve seen not get the attention that I think it warrants. It’s incredibly easy to oversize within Microsoft Azure, its so scalable, you can deploy servers with terabytes of RAM and hundreds of cores… but of course just because you can doesn’t mean you should!

Azure Portal adds All Services blade… it’s now even easier than ever to find services to deploy

Looks like another new feature has been added to Azure, the More Services blade has been replaced with All Services which appears at the top of the Portal. I quite like the change, its certainly easier to see the hundreds of services that are available in Azure… **Why wait? – Get started today with a Free Azure account **( All Services

Azure VM recovery options

Recovery Options When it comes to Azure VM recovery you’ve a few options available, you can: Create an Azure virtual machine from your backup Restore the disks associated with the Azure VM Create a virtual machine from backup The first thing I should call out with this option is that this process creates a new Azure VM attached to the disks that are being restored. Why does that matter?